frame-relay map




frame-relay map protocol protocol-address dlci [broadcast] [ietf | cisco] [payload-compress {packet-by-packet |frf9 stac [hardware-options]}]

no frame-relay map protocol protocol-address

Syntax Description:


Supported protocol, bridging, or logical link control keywords: appletalk, decnet, dlsw,ip, ipx, llc2, rsrb, vines and xns


Destination protocol address


DLCI number used to connect to the specified protocol address on the interface


(Optional) Forwards broadcasts to this address when multicast is not enabled (see the frame-relay multicast-dlci command for more information about multicasts). This keyword also simplifies the configuration of Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) (see the "Usage Guidelines" section for more detail)


(Optional) Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) form of Frame Relay encapsulation. Used when the router or access server is connected to another vendor's equipment across a Frame Relay network


(Optional) Cisco encapsulation method

payload-compress packet-by-packet

(Optional) Packet-by-packet payload compression using the Stacker method

payload-compress frf9 stac

(Optional) Enables FRF.9 compression using the Stacker method


  • If the router contains a compression service adapter (CSA), compression is performed in the CSA hardware (hardware compression).
  • If the CSA is not available, compression is performed in the software installed on the VIP2 (distributed compression).
  • If the VIP2 is not available, compression is performed in the router's main processor (software compression).




(Optional) Specifies that compression is implemented in the software that is installed in a VIP2. If the VIP2 is not available, compression is performed in the router's main processor (software compression). This option applies only to the Cisco 7500 series.


(Optional) Specifies that compression is implemented in the Cisco IOS software installed in the router's main processor.

csa csa_number

(Optional) Specifies the CSA to use for a particular interface. This option applies only to Cisco 7200 series routers.

Command Description:

To define the mapping between a destination protocol address and the DLCI used to connect to the destination address, use the frame-relay map interface configuration command. Use the no form of this command to delete the map entry.

There can be many DLCIs known by a router or access server that can send data to many different places, but they are all multiplexed over one physical link. The Frame Relay map defines the logical connection between a specific protocol and address pair and the correct DLCI.

The optional ietf and cisco keywords allow flexibility in the configuration. If no keywords are specified, the map inherits the attributes set with the encapsulation frame-relay command. You can use the frame-relay map command to specify bridging that uses a Cisco encapsulation. You can also use the encapsulation options to specify that, for example, all interfaces use IETF encapsulation except one, which needs the original Cisco encapsulation method and can be configured through use of the cisco keyword with the frame-relay map command.

Packet-by-packet compression is Cisco-proprietary and will not interoperate with routers of other manufacturers.

You can disable payload compression by entering the no frame-relay map payload command and then entering the frame-relay map command again with one of the other encapsulation keywords (cisco or ietf).

Use the frame-relay map command to enable or disable payload compression on multipoint interfaces. Use the frame-relay payload-compress command to enable or disable payload compression on point-to-point interfaces.

We recommend that you shut down the interface prior to changing encapsulation types. Although this is not required, shutting down the interface ensures the interface is reset for the new encapsulation.

The broadcast keyword provides two functions: it forwards broadcasts when multicasting is not enabled, and it simplifies the configuration of OSPF for nonbroadcast networks that will use Frame Relay.

The broadcast keyword might also be required for some routing protocols�for example, AppleTalk�that depend on regular routing table updates, especially when the router at the remote end is waiting for a routing update packet to arrive before adding the route.

By requiring selection of a designated router, OSPF treats a nonbroadcast, multiaccess network such as Frame Relay in much the same way as it treats a broadcast network. In previous releases, this required manual assignment in the OSPF configuration using the neighbor interface router command. When the frame-relay map command is included in the configuration with the broadcast keyword, and the ip ospf network command (with the broadcast keyword) is configured, there is no need to configure any neighbors manually. OSPF will now automatically run over the Frame Relay network as a broadcast network. (Refer to the ip ospf network interface command for more detail.)

Note  The OSPF broadcast mechanism assumes that IP class D addresses are never used for regular traffic over Frame Relay.


The following example maps the destination IP address to DLCI 100:

Router(config)#interface serial 0/0
Router(config-if)#frame-relay map IP 100 broadcast

OSPF will use DLCI 100 to broadcast updates.

The following segment of the show running-config command, shows FRF.9 compression configuration using the frame-relay map command.

interface Serial0/1
 ip address
 no ip route-cache
 encapsulation frame-relay IETF
 no keepalive
 frame-relay map ip 105 IETF payload-compression FRF9 stac

The following segment of the show running-config command, shows IETF encapsulation on the interface, and stun traffic configured to use CISCO encapsulation:

interface Serial0/0
 no ip address
 no ip mroute-cache
 encapsulation frame-relay IETF
 no ip route-cache
 no keepalive
 no fair-queue
 clockrate 64000
 no frame-relay inverse-arp IP 100
 no frame-relay inverse-arp NOVELL 100
 no frame-relay inverse-arp APPLETALK 100
 no frame-relay inverse-arp XNS 100
 no frame-relay inverse-arp DECNET 100
 no frame-relay inverse-arp VINES 100
 frame-relay local-dlci 100
 frame-relay map stun 100 CISCO
interface Serial0/1
 no ip address
 no ip mroute-cache
 encapsulation stun
 no ip route-cache
 stun group 123
 stun sdlc-role primary
 sdlc address 62
 stun route address 62 interface Serial0/0 dlci 100 4 local-ack

Related Commands:
frame-relay payload-compress

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